Government aims for ubiquitous broadband access by 2012

30 May 2008

The French government has published provisional plans to make broadband internet access available to all citizens in mainland France by 2012, writes Telecompaper. The state’s outline proposals were agreed in a cabinet meeting and the French Minister for the Digital Economy, Eric Beeson, is expected to flesh out the plans before the end of July. It is understood the government has laid down a number of major targets including: fixed and mobile high speed access of all by 2012; the switch to 100% digital TV by 2011; the expansion of mobile TV provision; the rollout of fibre-optic broadband to four million inhabitants by 2010; the further development of very high-bandwidth mobile services; and the introduction of new policies designed to help disabled people access digital services. Furthermore, the government if looking to boost the country’s digital content sector, including software applications and video gaming, as per a recent call from the prime minister, Francois Fillon.